Scott Barlow is looking like one of the biggest busts of the fantasy draft season, and you wonder if he is pitching through something, as he has not looked like himself. Barlows fastball velo is down almost 2 MPH, the slider down 1 MPH and both the curve and slider aren’t getting Whiffs at the rate they have in the past. Plus his 18.2% walk rate is a far cry from his career 8.4 average. I wonder if an IL stint is in the near future, or perhaps he will keep pushing through this in an effort to try and stave off Aroldis Chapman from taking his job, which either way, seems inevitable at this point.
- Jesse Chavez, Adam Ottavino, Brooks Raley, David Robertson, and Peter Strzelecki each picked up three SV+HLDs over the past week. Chavez has yet to allow a run, but the stuff is the same (if not worse) as it always has been, so I’m not expecting this phenomenon to last too much longer, especially once Raisel Iglesias and Collin McHugh return. This feels like a Toby/Vargas Rule situation, so feel free to pick Chavez up, just don’t expect him to be a full season contributor.
|PITCHER||TIER||INJURY (SURGERY DATE). NOTES|
|Liam Hendriks||1||NHL. Currently no timetable to return, but the great news is that he is now cancer free. He should be back before the All-Star break.|
|Raisel Iglesias||1||Shoulder. Threw a bullpen recently and could be back by the end of May now.|
|Andrés Muñoz||1/2||Deltoid. Threw off a mound recently at 80%, should still be back in May.|
|Daniel Hudson||3/4||Knee. Moved to 60-day IL and won’t return until June now.|
|Chris Martin||4/5||Shoulder. Dealing with general arm fatigue/soreness. No timetable yet.|
|Sam Hentges||4/5||Shoulder. Began rehab process, and should be back shortly.|
|Tommy Kahnle||4/5||Bicep. Transferred to 60-day IL and has yet to resume throwing off a mound.|
|Robert Suarez||4/5||Elbow. Shut down from throwing after experiencing pain in elbow.|
|Collin McHugh||4/5||Shoulder. Began rehab process, and should be back shortly.|
|Jonathan Loáisiga||4/5||Elbow. Resumed throwing this week, could return in May.|
|Drew Pomeranz||5/6||Elbow. Began rehab process, and should be back in early May.|
|Garrett Crochet||6/7||TJS (4/5/22). Should return around/before the All-Star break.|
|Codi Heuer||6/7||TJS (3/7/22). Look for Heuer to be activated by June if his rehab goes well.|
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Great list as always Rick, always look forward to these on Friday.
Do these rankings factor in relief pitcher wins, at all? I ask because I was scratching my head a bit at Michael King’s ranking. While he is great from a ratios/k’s/RP wins perspective, he actually doesn’t get a ton of hold opportunities. His multi-inning deployment naturally reduces these opportunities, for one.
Anyway, just wondering if wins are factored in, since I’m in a number of leagues that use QS instead of W’s. In those leagues, relief pitcher wins are useless.